Carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli sequence type (ST) 648 strains were isolated from two international visitors without previous medical exposure from Southeast Asian countries in a hospital in Japan. One isolate, FUJ80154, carried blaNDM-5 in a complex class 1 integron on an IncFIB/FII plasmid; the other isolate, FUJ80155, carried two copies of blaOXA-48 on the chromosome flanked by IS1R on both sides. The core-genome based-phylogenetic analysis with publicly available genome data of E. coli ST648 carrying blaNDM-5 or blaOXA-48-like demonstrated high genetic similarity between FUJ80154 and NDM-5-prooducing E. coli ST648 strains isolated in South and Southeast Asian countries. On the other hand, no closely related isolates of FUJ80155 were identified. In the absence of prior hospitalization overseas, neither patient had qualified for routine screening of multidrug-resistant organisms, and the isolates were incidentally identified in cultures ordered at the discretion of the treating physician.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Microbiology (medical)
- Cell Biology
- Infectious Diseases